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Abe Vigoda

Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing. Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and plodded away in small theater shows for over 20 years. For the majority of film-goers, Vigoda first came to prominence in The Godfather (1972) as the double-crossing Tessio, pleading with Robert Duvall to get him off the hook "for old times' sake." He also appeared in its sequel. Vigoda had roles in a few nondescript TV films before landing the plum part of Sgt. Phil Fish on the brilliant sitcom Barney Miller (1974). Perhaps his best known role, Sgt. Fish proved popular enough to be spun off to his own (short-lived) series Fish (1977). With his long face and unusual looks, Vigoda remained in high demand in mafioso-type roles, and for a while in the mid-1980s, he was mistakenly believed to have been dead, leading producers to remark, "I need an Abe Vigoda type actor," not realizing Vigoda was still alive and well. The 1990s and beyond became busy again for him, with appearances in North (1994), The Misery Brothers (1995), A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998), and Crime Spree (2003). He continued acting into his 90s, surprising audiences with his entertaining style. Abe Vigoda died in his sleep on January 26, 2016 in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Feb 24, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
Primul film:
In series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-10-01
Ultimul film:
Film The Unknown Trilogy 2008-01-29
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of Law & Order
Poster of Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter
Filme in care a jucat
Film The Unknown Trilogy Uncle Morty (segment "Frankie the Squirrel") 2008-01-29
Film Farce of the Penguins Penguin from Boca (voice) 2007-07-14
Film Chump Change The Frog 2000-01-01
Serial The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Film Just the Ticket Arty 1999-02-26
Serial Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Film Witness to the Mob Paul Castellano 1998-05-10
Film A Brooklyn State of Mind Uncle Guy 1998-01-01
Film Good Burger Otis 1997-07-25
Film Farticus Zeus 1997-01-01
Film Underworld Will Cassady 1996-06-01
Film Love Is All There Is Rudy 1996-05-10
Film Jury Duty Judge Powell 1995-04-12
Film The Misery Brothers Don Frito Layleone 1995-01-01
Film Sugar Hill Gus Molino 1994-02-25
Serial Weird Science Unknown 1994-03-05
Film North Alaskan Grandpa 1994-07-22
Serial Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Salvatore Valestra (voice) 1993-12-25
Serial Diagnosis: Murder Unknown 1993-10-29
Serial Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Film Fist of Honor Victor Malucci 1993-05-19
Serial Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Serial Lucky Luke Unknown 1992-03-20
Serial The Adventures of the Black Stallion Unknown 1992-01-05
Serial Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Serial Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Film Joe Versus the Volcano Chief of the Waponis 1990-03-09
Film Keaton's Cop Louis Keaton 1990-03-09
Film Prancer Orel Benton 1989-11-17
Film Look Who's Talking Grandpa 1989-10-12
Serial B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Film Plain Clothes Mr. Wiseman 1988-04-15
Serial Superboy Unknown 1988-10-08
Film Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter Abe 1986-01-01
Film The Stuff Stuff Commercial Spokesman 1985-06-14
Serial Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Film Cannonball Run II Caesar 1984-06-29
Film The Big Stuffed Dog Carnival Pitchman 1981-02-08
Serial The Littlest Hobo Unknown 1979-10-11
Film Death Car on the Freeway Mr. Frisch 1979-09-24
Serial B. J. and the Bear Unknown 1979-02-10
Serial Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Film The Cheap Detective Sergeant Rizzuto 1978-06-23
Serial Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television Salvatore "Sal" Tessio (uncredited) 1977-11-12
Serial The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Serial Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Serial Fish Phil Fish 1977-02-05
Serial The Bionic Woman Unknown 1976-01-14
Film Joys 1976-03-05
Serial The Captain and Tennille Unknown 1976-09-20
Serial Barney Miller Philip Fish 1975-01-23
Film The Godfather: Part II Salvatore "Sal" Tessio 1974-12-20
Serial Tony Orlando and Dawn Unknown 1974-12-04
Film Newman's Law John Dellanzia 1974-08-21
Film The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd Dominic Morrell 1974-05-07
Film The Devil's Daughter Alikhine 1973-01-09
Serial Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Film The Don Is Dead Don Talusso 1973-11-14
Serial The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Film The Godfather Salvatore "Sal" Tessio 1972-03-14
Serial Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Serial Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Serial Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Serial Dark Shadows Unknown 1966-06-27
Film Three Rooms in Manhattan Waiter (uncredited) 1965-11-10
Serial The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01